When: Apr. 2, 6:00 p.m. EST
Where to Watch: NBA TV, Bally Sports SE, Bally Sports SW
Two disappointments meet up to attempt to cling to what is left of six months of unfulfilled expectations. The Mavericks made the Western Conference Finals last season, and the Hawks looked solid around Thanksgiving before the Dejounte Murray injury.
March is almost over and the Mavericks are on the outside looking in on the entire postseason after embarrassing consecutive losses to the Charlotte Hornets. On Sunday, Trae Young unleashed his superpower of not being able to consistently hit 30-plus foot shots and the Hawks lost a winnable game to the Grizzlies.
The Hawks would have to spontaneously combust to fall out of the East play-in, but it would be beneficial for them to at least host their first game. The Mavericks traded for Kyrie Irving on Feb. 6. At that time they were three games over .500, and would go on a three-game winning streak. They have won five games since, and are currently on a four-game losing streak.
The Hawks may have firmer postseason footing, but at least the Mavericks can say that they didn’t fire a second-consecutive coach midseason.
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